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Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children's Development, 6th Edition

  • Barbara Ann Nilsen Ed.D, Broome Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1133605575  |  ISBN-13: 9781133605577
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2008
  • © 2014 | Published
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WEEK BY WEEK: PLANS FOR DOCUMENTING CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT, Sixth Edition, addresses a dilemma facing pre-service and in-service teachers--how to manage detailed, meaningful documentation on their students' development and achievements while attending to the other functions necessary to keep children safe and actively involved in learning. This all-purpose guide provides a concrete, systematic plan for recording each child's development in all developmental areas, incorporating material on observation methods and techniques, principles of child development, and appropriate practice. Technical aspects of various methods of documentation are presented, as are reviews of the efficiency of each method in capturing important information. This edition features integrated coverage of NAEYC standards and new integration of TeachSource Videos, available for viewing at the book's website. Real-life examples, practical tips, forms with clear instructions, and step-by-step guidelines for gathering observational information and building a portfolio for each child make the book useful and relevant to teachers in training as well as practicing professionals. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • NAEYC accreditation of Associates Degree Child Development Programs with new standards is integrated into the text.
  • Discussion of working with specialists addresses the reality that today's typical classroom includes many children with special needs.
  • This text is the only observation book that presents a concrete system for how to manage data collection through a week-by-week plan--which gathers developmental information on every child in all developmental domains and is repeated three times during the year.
  • Straightforward explanations offer a variety of methods--and the developmental domain for which each is best suited--that can be implemented into classroom practices.
  • The author provides a child development review, useful as a frame of reference for documenting children's behavior.
  • "It Happened to Me" vignettes illustrate key points and are both entertaining as well as illustrative of the experiences of real teachers. Other useful features highlight "How to Find Time," "Topics in Observation," and "Pitfalls to Avoid."
  • The book includes discussion of the implications of No Child Left Behind and of authentic assessment by portfolio documentation.

Table of Contents

1. Using the Class List Log to Look at Separation and School Adjustment.
2. Using Anecdotal Recordings to Look at Self-Care.
3. Using Checklists to Look at Physical Development.
4. Using Running Records to Look at Social Development.
5. Using Frequency Counts to Look at Emotional Development.
6. Using Conversations to Listen to Language and Speech.
7. Using Time Samples to Look at Attention Span.
8. Using Standardized Tests to Look at Cognitive Development.
9. Using Rating Scales to Look at Literacy.
10. Using Work Samples to Look at Creativity.
11. Using Technology for Documentation of Dramatic Play.
12. Using Documentation for Child Abuse Suspicions and Looking at Self-Concept.
13. Using Program Assessments to Look at Children in Groups.
14. Using the Portfolio for Communications with Families and Looking at the Child’s Interactions with Adults.
15. Using the Yearly Plan to Observe and Record Children's Development.

What's New

  • New standards integration shows how the text content correlates to the key NAEYC Standards. This includes chapter-opening listings of NAEYC Standards to be addressed in the chapter, integrated coverage of standards throughout the book, and a convenient Correlation Chart on the inside book covers that indicates where standards coverage appears.
  • An "Observation Thought" begins each chapter, prompting students to reflect on their experiences in the classroom. Examples include "When we look at what the child cannot do, we fail to see all the child can do," and "Children need to see the teacher writing about them every day."
  • New "TeachSource Video Activity" boxes with guiding questions introduce videos that allow students to relate important chapter content to real-life scenarios in early childhood settings. Videos are viewable on the book's website, Education CourseMate.
  • A new "Home Visiting" feature in every chapter offers students tips on using child observation and assessment in home settings.
  • Editable versions of forms featured in the book, ideal for classroom use, are available for download at the Education CourseMate website.
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Efficacy and Outcomes


"I have used WEEK BY WEEK for years and I wouldn't consider changing texts. The information is presented in a way that students can understand and use in their day-to-day work with young children. The observations can be used in a variety of ways to benefit the children, parents, teachers, and other professionals."

— Maureen O'Neil, Tallahassee Community College

"[This] comprehensive guide to child and classroom observation tools provides both structure for immediate application to practitioners as well as principles to apply to self-constructed tools. [The] text is well received by students."

— Patricia Hofbauer, Northwest State Community College


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara Ann Nilsen

Barbara Ann Nilsen taught in the early childhood classroom, then in the college classroom and online as professor and chair of the Teacher Education and Early Childhood Department at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York. She retired in 2006. She was also the grant director of a state-wide online course collaborative and the Early Learning Opportunities federal project for Building Brighter Futures for Broome. The author received her EdD in Early and Middle Childhood from Nova University (now called Nova Southeastern University) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been active in local, state, and national early childhood professional development initiatives such as New York State Career Pathways, New York State Children’s Program Administrator Infant/Toddler, Family Child Care Credentials, and NAEYC’S Early Childhood Associate Degree Program Accreditation project. She is the co-author, with Virginia Albertalli, of An Introduction to Learning and Teaching: Infants through Sixth Grade, and the author of the Observation and Assessment Professional Enhancement text.